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Software Language Proficiencies / Interests:
BeanShell, C, C++, HTML, Java, Javascript, Lisp, Ruby, SQL, XML, Other
About Me:
I am the author of the Learning Java series of books by O'Reilly & Associates and the BeanShell Java Scripting language.

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Amazon EC2 cloud computing got much cheaper today...

Today Amazon introduced "reserved instance" pricing for users who tend to run long lived instances.

The usual pricing for a small instance is $0.10 per cpu-hour, which works out to about $73/month if you keep your instance alive 24x7.

With the reserved pricing you can pay a fixed amount for a term of 1 year or 3 years and get a reduced hourly usage rate of $.03 per cpu-hour For 1 year the up front fee is $325, for 3 years it's $500.

If you run your instance all… Continue

Posted on March 12, 2009 at 11:42am — 4 Comments

Browser SSL attacks presented at Black Hat...

Moxie Marlinspike gave a presentation titled: "New Tricks for Defeating SSL in Practice" at the Black Hat conference last week and released code that demonstrates practical, man in the middle based, attacks on browser security.

The results are a bit depressing, but not entirely new or unexpected. The attacks that he presented in the talk mostly skirt around SSL and while they… Continue

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 5:57am — 5 Comments

A End to End Walk through our Java Stack...

In this post I will take a walk through our preferred Java application stack from end to end, noting what I consider to be some useful practices along the way. While it's a never ending process to re-evaluate packages and tools as time goes on, I have found that this basic architecture has held up quite well for many years. We've used it on numerous large commercial applications ranging from critical banking and finance apps to high volume entertainment sites. I'm not going to try to… Continue

Posted on February 22, 2009 at 1:10pm — 10 Comments

Why doesn't Microsoft learn?

In this morning's headlines I came across the following pair of articles:

Apple to Integrate 'QuickTime Pro' Features into Snow Leopard?

Average User Only Runs 2 Apps, So Microsoft Will Charge for More

The first is about how Apple, as part of the upcoming release of… Continue

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 5:41am — 5 Comments

Simpler and Speedier GWT with Server Side RPC Serialization

In this post I will describe how we are using server side GWT RPC serialization at Ikayzo to both improve performance and simplify client code logic.

First, let's have a quick recap of the normal startup sequence of a GWT application. As depicted below, it begins with the client requesting an HTML page containing a GWT script reference and static application text. All that is required in this initial page is a one line script that includes the GWT application's "nocache" file.… Continue

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 5:30am — 9 Comments

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At 5:45pm on March 30, 2008, Daniel Leuck said…
Hey Pat - Check out how easy it is to build object graphs using C# 3.0's object initializers. Groovy builders are very similar and Jython supports easy graph building via named arguments to constructors. Java needs something like this, especially for Swing programming.
At 11:45pm on March 27, 2008, Cameron Souza said…
Are you the guy that wrote BeanShell and Learning Java?


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